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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson still confident    Mon Jun 29, 02:49 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson still believes he's the best running back in the NFL. This was in response to Peterson being named the 62nd best player on the NFL Network's top 100 players list.

Footballguys view: Peterson should be able to pick up where he left off after missing most of 2014. Fantasy owners should look at him the same as they've always done--he should be a top-5 pick in most every draft out there.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson working out    Sun Jun 28, 01:29 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been working out with RB Jerick McKinnon and WR Mike Wallace since offseason workouts ended.

Footballguys view: You like to hear this, especially in the cases of McKinnon and Wallace. Peterson's workout ethic is pretty epic, so hopefully that will rub off on both players. McKinnon is a guy to watch, as there is a chance Peterson may be closing out his time in Minnesota, and McKinnon could be his eventual replacement. For this year, McKinnon is no more than a handcuff for Peterson, perhaps an RB4. Wallace was a bit of a stiff in Miami, but could do well in Minnesota if he applies himself. We see him as a WR3 right now, although his ceiling and floor are both a bit beholden to the development of Teddy Bridgewater. Peterson is, naturally a solid RB1.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson eyes record    Sat Jun 27, 09:49 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he believes he is still the best running back in the NFL, and he is aiming for a record-breaking 2,200-yard season in 2015, according to his wife.

Footballguys view: Peterson is pretty much superhuman, and we don't count him out of anything. He wants to beat Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing record? Sure, he could do it. He wants to beat Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards? Yes, of course he could. It would take an incredible effort, but Peterson is the guy that could make it happen.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has big goals    Mon Jun 15, 02:14 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson eventually wants to break former Dallas Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing record. Peterson also believes he can be the best running back in the league when he's 38 years old.

Footballguys view: Peterson seems to be nearly superhuman with what he's done on the football field. Right now, he's 28th on the all-time rushing list with 10,190 yards. Smith is sitting at the top with 18,355 yards. Rushing for about 8,000 yards would take Peterson about six seasons. We don't doubt that he COULD finish as the all-time rushing leader, but it would be pretty damn tough to reach that mark.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson hoping to help QB    Sun Jun 14, 11:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he hopes his presence will make life easier for QB Teddy Bridgewater in 2015.

Footballguys view: Peterson will be a great help for Bridgewater and the passing game. The rushing attack should keep defenses honest, allowing Bridgewater to work effectively on play-action passes. The Vikings put better weapons around Bridgewater this year, including deep receiving threat Mike Wallace. We'll see how the second-year quarterback responds in 2015.

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  Vikings | Fewer carries for Adrian Peterson?     Fri Jun 12, 09:57 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson won't be asked to shoulder the entire offensive load in 2015. 'No question that the workload will be a lot more balanced than in the past because the organization has done an outstanding job of acquiring talent and other explosive pieces,' running backs coach Kirby Wilson said Thursday, June 11. 'And just as the natural progression as an older back ages, the workload decreases anyway.'

Footballguys view: This is where Jerick McKinnon comes in. He won't do more than be a change-of-pace back behind Peterson, but he'll be able to give Peterson a rest from time to time. The few touches that McKinnon gets on a weekly basis won't take that much off the fantasy potential of Peterson.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson not expected in preseason    Wed Jun 10, 07:08 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson isn't expected to see any playing time during the preseason, according to head coach Mike Zimmer Wednesday, June 10. 'We're talking in June, so you can't hold me to it, but he's carried the ball a lot (in his eight-year career) and he's going to continue to carry the ball a lot. He'll get plenty of looks and reps in practice,' said Zimmer.

Footballguys view: Peterson should get plenty of work in training camp, but the team will be cautious with him in the preseason. He missed all but one game last year, but Peterson has been impressing everyone during OTAs in Minnesota. We're expecting the same old Peterson in 2015.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson in good shape    Thu Jun 4, 07:33 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is still in great shape, according to CB Captain Munnerlyn, despite his extended absence from the team and team activities. Peterson returned to organized team activities Tuesday, June 3, following a prolonged hiatus due to displeasure with his current contract.

Footballguys view: Peterson has always been driven, which is why we feel pretty good about saying he's a top five fantasy running back this coming season. A year off, one which we can be sure he worked out constantly during, will be nothing but good for his legs as well. Even better, he has a quarterback who is an actual threat and will pull defenders out of the box, which could make him even more effective. Peterson is a good bet for great production again this year.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson impressing teammates    Thu Jun 4, 07:30 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has impressed his teammates since arriving for organized team activities Tuesday, June 2. CB Captain Munnerlyn was among those who were impressed, "He's in unbelievable shape, like he never lost a step. And he's out to prove a point," said Munnerlyn. RB Jerick McKinnon, who is likely to be dropped down the depth chart due to Peterson's arrival, also had high praises for his teammate, "It's an opportunity to learn from the best running back in the game," McKinnon said.

Footballguys view: Peterson knows he has a ton to prove after both his actions last season and the his antics this offseason. As far as fantasy players go, Peterson is still expected to be as effective as he has in been the last few years. He is a top back, a sure-fire RB1 who will--and should--go in the first round of all fantasy drafts.

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  Vikings | HC welcomes Adrian Peterson    Tue Jun 2, 09:48 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was welcomed back by head coach Mike Zimmer Tuesday, June 2. "We welcome him with open arms, unequivocally," Zimmer said.

Footballguys view: Of course the Vikings welcome him back with open arms! Peterson is going to be the centerpiece of this offense, and he'll likely finish as one of the leading rushers in the NFL. The Vikings offense now has the potential to be a lot more dangerous with Peterson rushing the rock.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson ready to move on    Tue Jun 2, 04:09 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he's learned from his mistakes and is ready to move forward following an extended absence. Peterson said he's focused on what's in front him and wanted to get back to the team.

Footballguys view: The Vikings are (of course) going to make Peterson the centerpiece of the offense. Norv Turner known how to create an incredibly productive rushing attack, and Peterson will be leading the way for many fantasy owners. He's a top-5 fantasy back and should be off the board in the first half of the first round in most every league.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to report Tuesday    Tue Jun 2, 08:20 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson plans to report to organized team activities Tuesday, June 2. 'I decided to come back just to get around my teammates and the coaching staff,' Peterson said. 'There's never been any love lost with those guys. Basically it's time for me to come in and test the waters and re-familiarize myself with our offense and the direction they're trying to go in.'

Footballguys view: And there you have it. The Vikings and Peterson get back together without a new contract and without any sort of holdout during training camp. The team played hardball with the superstar running back and they won. Peterson should be fresh after not playing football last season. He's going to be the focal point of the offense with second-year QB Teddy Bridgewater and the passing game taking a back seat. Peterson is a top-5 fantasy running back (easily) and should be drafted as such.

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  Vikings | Mike Zimmer, Adrian Peterson speak    Mon Jun 1, 02:30 AM

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and RB Adrian Peterson have apparently cleared the air of their differences. Although Peterson still has reservations about returning to the Vikings, his relationship with Zimmer is strong.

Footballguys view: The Vikings hold all the cards here with Peterson. He would like some guaranteed money over the next three seasons as Minnesota has him locked up for that period of time at a hefty (non-guaranteed) price. We'll see if the Vikings play nice and give him what he wants so Peterson will show up and play. This isn't a huge deal unless Peterson starts missing time in training camp.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson upset with contract    Thu May 28, 06:59 PM

Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson wants the Vikings to honor his seven-year contract worth $96 million that goes through 2017. Peterson took to Twitter to vent that it takes both sides to fulfill a contract. Peterson desires guaranteed money into the 2016 season and beyond. There is currently no guaranteed money left in his current contract.

Footballguys view: Other than his Twitter rant on Thursday, we already knew Peterson was unhappy with his contract. The Vikings hold all the cards, but they could kick Peterson some guaranteed money if they want to end this squabble. We'll see which side blinks. There's no pressure right now, but that could change if/when Peterson skips training camp.

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  Vikings | Mike Zimmer gives Adrian Peterson edict    Thu May 28, 08:37 AM

Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was given a public ultimatum by Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer Wednesday, May 27, saying he has to either play for the Vikings or not play at all. Peterson said Wednesday on Twitter he did not want to be traded and was looking for financial security by not attending organized team activities. Peterson has three years remaining on his current contract and is due $46 million.

Footballguys view: The key for Peterson here is while he has three years left on the contract, none of it is guaranteed. Most fans won't have much sympathy for a guy who, per Spotrac.com, has grossed over $71 million over his career to date. Especially a guy who was in trouble for child abuse just last year. Don't forget to factor in Peterson's representation either. Agent Ben Dogra was not Peterson's agent when he signed his six-year, $86 million contract in 2011. More than likely Dogra wants to get paid, and is in Peterson's ear about 'deserving' more guaranteed money. In reality, the Vikings hold all the cards here and head coach Mike Zimmer's ultimatum shows the team is getting tired of the nonsense. Peterson's best bet is to play and play well in the hopes someone will trade for a 30-year old back who will be 31 in 2016, or the Vikings give him a reward for showing up and adhering to his contract. As it stands, none of this has hurt Peterson's ADP - he's mid first round right now - but it's something to watch.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson wants guaranteed money    Wed May 27, 10:15 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson would like guaranteed money in 2016 from the Vikings. Peterson is not participating in organized team activities but is not looking for a trade.

Footballguys view: Okay, we get a little more clarity in this situation. The Vikings don't have to do anything as they hold all the cards with Peterson. They could give him some guaranteed money as a good-faith move, but we're not expecting to see Peterson until training camp.

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  Cowboys | Adrian Peterson not in Dallas' plans    Tue May 26, 08:29 AM

Updating an ongoing story, the Dallas Cowboys have moved on from the idea of trading for Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, despite persistent rumors, according to The Dallas Morning News' Brandon George. Don't entirely rule out anything when it comes to Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones, George says, but the belief is that the organization is largely content with their current crop of running backs.

Footballguys view: We think the Cowboys would pick up free agent Ray Rice before they traded for Peterson. The Vikings have all the cards, and they're not just going to give up Peterson for a song. If Peterson is on the trade block (huge IF), the Vikings will likely want a king's ransom for the superstar running back.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson still wants trade    Mon May 25, 02:33 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson still wants to be traded, according to a source. Peterson intends to skip all organized team activities, which would cause him to lose $250,000 in workout bonuses.

Footballguys view: Good luck with that. The Vikings clearly have the upper hand in this situation. They're not just going to give Peterson away because he's refusing to show up after feeling disrespected over the way the Vikings handled his child-abuse situation last year. The best time to trade him (the draft) has come and gone. Even if he doesn't want it, staying with the Vikings might be Peterson's best option.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson not attending OTAs    Sun May 24, 09:16 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has informed head coach Mike Zimmer that he will not attend the optional practices that begin Tuesday, May 26, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Footballguys view: No surprise here. Peterson has been staying away from Minnesota this offseason because of a perceived lack of loyalty at the way the Vikings deal with him last year. There are rumors of a holdout coming from Peterson, and there's still rumblings that Peterson wants to be traded. The Vikings hold all the cards here, and Peterson can't really do much except skip mandatory workouts next month and training camp to show his displeasure.

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  Vikings | Mike Zimmer talks Adrian Peterson    Fri May 22, 09:42 AM

Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains in pursuit of being traded or receiving a new contract and remains away from the organization during voluntary workouts. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told ESPN Radio he has a target date in mind of when he thinks Peterson will return to the team, but Zimmer did not give the specific date.

Footballguys view: That target date could be the start of training camp. Yes, Peterson would miss some mandatory workouts if he doesn't show up until then but the two sides are trying to patch things up. The Vikings hold all the cards here, and it's looking more and more like Peterson is going to stay put in Minnesota.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson's agent seeks new deal    Fri May 1, 11:34 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson may be changing course in his pursuit of a trade as his agent, Ben Dogra, said he'd like the team to sign Peterson to an extension. 'One of the things that I appreciate with the Vikings is their resolve to say 'we're not trading him,'' Dogra told USA TODAY Sports. 'That tells me they value him not only as a football player, but what he's done for the organization. 'I actually, as an agent, not only appreciate it - I accept it. But actions speak louder than words. If that's going to happen, and you want to keep him, then show him a commitment to make him retire as a Viking. And I haven't had that solution.' Peterson has three years and $46 million left on his contract, but none of it is guaranteed.

Footballguys view: We all knew this was at least part of the plan with the 'no respect' nonsense coming out of Peterson's camp all offseason. The amount of money left on his contract and the amount of years make this request ludicrous though - how much more can you give a 30-year old running back with three years and $46 million left on his contract. Maybe they're trying to force that trade after all. Honestly, Peterson is a RB1 for fantasy regardless of landing spot, so in some ways this is all academic for out purposes. But in the macro, real-world NFL aspect of things, Peterson continues to show a stunning lack of awareness.

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  Vikings | No change to Adrian Peterson's status    Thu Apr 30, 02:06 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is still expected to remain with the Vikings even though former NFL WR Cris Carter indicated Peterson could be traded in the near future.

Footballguys view: This could all change by the end of the weekend. The Vikings have been driving a hard bargain on price, but the reality is, that first round pick isn't coming. So as the draft goes by, Peterson's price might drop. Peterson would be successful almost where he goes so he's likely to have plenty of fantasy value regardless of his jersey color.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson likely to stay in purple    Tue Apr 28, 08:50 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is 80% likely to remain with the Vikings, in the opinion of ESPN insider Chris Mortensen.

Footballguys view: That sounds about right. The Vikings hold all the cards here. They have Peterson under contract for the next three years. If some other team wants him bad enough, they'll have to surrender a Herschel Walker-sized deal to get him away from the Vikings.

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  Falcons | Not pursuing Adrian Peterson    Sat Apr 25, 03:01 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is not being pursued by the Atlanta Falcons, according to Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

Footballguys view: The Falcons are likely to draft a back this year, and Peterson is going to cost a lot in any trade scenario. Devonta Freeman is an interesting second-year back to monitor this season. He could be the lead runner in the Falcons RBBC.

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  Buccaneers | TB interested in Adrian Peterson?    Thu Apr 23, 06:22 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be of interest to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports.

Footballguys view: Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, recently posted a picture on social networking that featured him sitting in a chair--Peterson jersey behind him--wearing a Buccaneers hat. Tampa has the first-overall pick in the draft, but we can't imagine them giving that up--even for a talented back like Adrian Peterson. He's reinstated by the league, but where Peterson plays in 2015 is still a mystery.

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  Cowboys | Dallas not pursuing Adrian Peterson?    Thu Apr 23, 05:18 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson may not be in the Dallas Cowboys' plans after all, according Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports. Robinson said the Cowboys have not spoken to the Vikings regarding Peterson.

Footballguys view: It looks like the Cowboys are going to add a feature back through the draft. They'll be in the market for guys like Todd Gurley (Georgia) or Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin) in the first round of the draft. They added Darren McFadden in free agency earlier this year, but he's not the answer as a lead back.

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  Vikings | MIN wants to keep Adrian Peterson    Wed Apr 22, 02:13 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is not expected to be traded by the Vikings unless the team is overwhelmed by an offer from another team, according to a source. The Vikings are confident that time will help their relationship with Peterson. A source said a recent report that stated the Vikings are looking for a first-round pick and a starting cornerback in a trade for Peterson is not accurate, which may suggest the Vikings would be looking for even more in a trade.

Footballguys view: This matches the mentality of a team that sees Peterson as still an elite RB option that they can get on board without any issues for this season. This could be posturing to extract the largest price for Peterson in a trade, as GM Rick Spielman has taken a gambler's approach to trade negotiations in the past.

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  Jaguars | JAX not interested in Adrian Peterson    Wed Apr 22, 12:53 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson might have a new home in 2015, but Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said the team hasn't talked to Peterson despite a report the Jags were one of six teams interested in trading for him. 'No, not really,' Bradley said Tuesday, April 21. 'Not between (general manager Dave Caldwell). A while ago, but it was just conversation, not any direction that we would go.'

Footballguys view: The Jaguars still don't see satisfied with their current RB group, so while the chances of Peterson coming to Duval could be disappearing, adding a member of this talented draft RB class is definitely in play.

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  Vikings | Six teams in mix for Adrian Peterson    Tue Apr 21, 01:44 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains a candidate to be traded, and a source close to the situation believes that if he isn't traded before or during the 2015 NFL Draft next week, that he will remain in Minnesota. The Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the mix for Peterson, and the source didn't include the Oakland Raiders, who had been mentioned in previous reports as a possible candidate. Peterson is under contract for three years and $43.25 million, but none of the money is guaranteed. The Vikes may be hard-pressed to receive a late first-round pick for Peterson, because of his age (30).

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Peterson is going to attract a ton of attention if he's actually on the trade block. The Vikings hold all the power here as Peterson is under contract with them for the next three years. We'll see if any of these teams listed (or any surprise team) can pry Peterson away.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson not attending workouts    Mon Apr 20, 01:37 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is not in attendance for the start of the team's offseason workout program Monday, April 20, according to league sources. However, Peterson hasn't attended this stage of the team's offseason before.

Footballguys view: Minnesota wasn't expecting Peterson to show, according to a source. His $250,000 workout bonus is tied to his participation for organized team activities (OTAs) and the mandatory minicamp in June.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has offseason bonuses    Mon Apr 20, 08:57 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has a $250,000 offseason bonus in his contract for participating in all mini-camps, all organized team activities and reporting to training camp on time.

Footballguys view: The Peterson saga continues. The first day that has implications on that bonus is May 26 when OTAs begin.

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  Raiders | Interest in Adrian Peterson     Sat Apr 18, 03:31 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is drawing interest from the Oakland Raiders.

Footballguys view: That would be an upgrade for the Raiders. Earlier this offseason, they added Trent Richardson to compete with Latavius Murray for the starting job. Even though we like Murray (and had our heart broken by Richardson), Peterson would be an obvious choice as the lead back in Oakland. Throw the Raiders into the mix with the Cardinals and Cowboys as teams that are interested in acquiring the veteran supterstar.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson may not work out    Fri Apr 17, 12:28 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said earlier this week that he's not sure if he'll participate in the team's offseason program. Minnesota is set to start their offseason workouts Monday, April 20, with a mandatory minicamp in June. Peterson can now participate in all team activities after being reinstated from the commissioner's exempt list Friday, April 17.

Footballguys view: If Peterson wants out of Minnesota, then he won't show up to these activities. Now that he's free to play in 2015, the question remains where is he going to be? Regardless of a new team, same team, whatever team, Peterson has the talent and ability to be a first-round pick in fantasy leagues and an RB1 for your fantasy team.

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  Vikings | No more punishment for Adrian Peterson    Thu Apr 16, 02:51 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will not receive any further suspension after he is reinstated from the commissioner's exempt list, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Assuming this is true, you can have the green light to draft him in fantasy leagues. Whether he is with the Vikings, Cowboys (Cardinals?) or elsewhere, he will put up another strong year of production. He's a top-10 fantasy option.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to be reinstated    Thu Apr 16, 02:13 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been informed that he will be reinstated from the commissioner exempt list starting Friday, April 17.

Footballguys view: Now the question is, where will he play? The Vikings want him back (so they say) but he's still upset about how they treated him. We'll ignore the irony there for a minute, and instead reiterate that he remains a top ten talent for fantasy no matter the team. Now we'll see if the Dallas Cowboys will pony up for his services. Trading for Peterson would likely take a king's ransom.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson unlikely for suspension    Wed Apr 8, 01:26 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is 'highly unlikely' to face more suspension from the league when he's finally off the Commissioner's Exempt List, according to a source. Peterson's next concern is clearing the way for his full return to the field this fall. 'Peterson wants to have a completely clean slate by the draft,' NFL Network analyst Ian Rapoport said.

Footballguys view: We'd be shocked if Peterson was suspended. However, we have no idea where he's going to play at this time. Peterson could just stay with the Vikings, but the relationship has been fractured. He could be on the trade block, but the Vikings would be expecting a king's ransom in return.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson meeting with NFL Tuesday    Tue Apr 7, 01:21 PM

Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will meet with NFL officials at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.

Footballguys view: The meeting will detail his compliance with terms from the league and his Texas plea deal. Peterson will be back in the NFL this year...we just don't know who with. Stay tuned.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to meet with league    Mon Apr 6, 10:31 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is scheduled to meet with NFL officials this week to discuss his reinstatement for the 2015 season.

Footballguys view: We'll see Peterson back in action this season...we just don't know where yet. Peterson's contract is controlled by the Vikings, and they don't seem content to release him. Some team could trade for Peterson, but it would likely be a hefty price tag to do so. He is eligible to be reinstated April 15.

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  Browns | Adrian Peterson an option for Browns?    Sat Apr 4, 02:35 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be a target for the Cleveland Browns, in the opinion of ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler. The Browns have $30.96 million in salary cap space, so they could afford to make a trade for Peterson.

Footballguys view: The Cowboys or the Cardinals seem like more likely destinations for Peterson. However, the Browns have two first-round picks this year thanks to the Bills trading away their pick to get WR Sammy Watkins last year. Trading for Peterson would take a hefty price tag as the Vikings seem intent on keeping him around in 2015.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson discontent in Minnesota?    Wed Mar 25, 04:30 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is wanted back in Minnesota, but the question is if Peterson wants to come back. Head coach Mike Zimmer said he doesn't believe Peterson would be a disruption if he did return to the Vikings. 'I want him to want to be [in Minnesota], like I want all of my players to want to be there. I've been in situations before that I thought were not the best situations.'

Footballguys view: Back and forth and back and forth. Peterson wants out according to his agent, but the Vikings are not budging. Zimmer added that he thinks his football relationship with Peterson is a good one in its current state. We'll see something give sometime....stay tuned.

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  Vikings | No plans to trade Adrian Peterson    Wed Mar 25, 10:43 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is disgruntled and reportedly wants out of Minnesota, but head coach Mike Zimmer said the team has no plans to trade him.

Footballguys view: That's the plan right now, but if Peterson is unhappy the team might be persuaded to change their mind. What else could change their mind is a couple of premium picks. Peterson is still one of the best backs in the game, and there would be more than a few teams interested in adding the superstar back.

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  Vikings | Agent wants Adrian Peterson to move on    Mon Mar 23, 07:48 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said Monday, March 23, that he doesn't think 'it's in Adrian's best interest to play in Minnesota' in 2015 and beyond.

Footballguys view: Peterson remains under contract with the Vikings, and the team brass expects him to remain in Minnesota. Dogra also refused a meeting with general manager Rick Spielman several days ago.

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  Vikings | MIN GM expects Adrian Peterson to stay    Mon Mar 23, 05:55 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is expected to be part of the Vikings next season, according to general manager Rick Spielman. 'Adrian's a member of our football team,' Spielman said. 'He is under contract with us, and we are focused on the 2015 season and expect Adrian to be a part of that.'

Footballguys view: Peterson has met with team officials twice this offseason to discuss his future. Spielman would not say if Peterson has asked for a trade or if the team has received interest from other teams.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson wants out of Minny?    Mon Mar 23, 12:42 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's preference is to play elsewhere than with the Vikings in 2015, according to a league source. He is under contract through the 2017 season and is scheduled to make $12.75 million this year. The Vikings look like they'd be willing to pay him in 2015, and a restructured contract would likely be appealing for Peterson. Minnesota could call Peterson's bluff and force him to decide between playing this year or sitting out a second straight season.

Footballguys view: Here we go again. Every week it seems like there's a news item about Peterson being unhappy with the Vikings. If they're not going to release him (as they've indicated), then the Vikings could put Peterson on the trade block.

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  Vikings | HC changing stance on Adrian Peterson?    Sun Mar 22, 08:28 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's future remains unclear, but head coach Mike Zimmer recently said that the Vikings are 'excited' to have him back. Zimmer had previously said that if Peterson wanted out of Minnesota that the Vikings would accommodate the request.

Footballguys view: This is a game of cat and mouse going on right now. Peterson is reportedly unhappy with the Vikings, and he could be on the trade block. His future in Minnesota is unclear at this time.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson's agent rejects meeting    Fri Mar 20, 07:06 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's agent was asked to have a dinner meeting with general manager Rick Spielman at the NFL owners meeting, but his agent rejected the offer.

Footballguys view: Ben Dogra is standing firm here. This might be the sign that Peterson's days in Minnesota are done. Stay tuned.

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  Vikings | Minnesota wants Adrian Peterson back    Fri Mar 20, 02:32 PM

Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is clearly wanted back by the organization, and general manager Rick Spielman once again stressed that they will make every effort to bring back their star running back in 2015. 'Adrian is under contract and a member of our football team,' Spielman said. 'We've stated that, our owner has stated it, our head coach has stated it. There is no question that we want Adrian Peterson back on our football team.'

Footballguys view: This story is far from over. The Vikings recently informed Peterson that they will not release him, but a trade remains possible. Minnesota could also sign Peterson to a less expensive three-year deal but guarantee him more money.

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  Cardinals | Arizona willing to trade for Peterson?    Fri Mar 20, 02:22 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains unhappy with the Vikings. The Arizona Cardinals are reportedly willing to offer a high draft pick in return for Peterson, if he becomes available.

Footballguys view: The Cardinals are in a Super Bowl window, and they want to upgrade their rushing attack. Adding Peterson would swing the power balance in the NFC. We love Andre Ellington, but he's not built to be a featured back. If Arizona adds Peterson they'll be able to run the ball with authority while playing suffocating defense. So long as Carson Palmer stays healthy, Arizona could make a deep playoff run.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson won't come cheap    Fri Mar 20, 12:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, who won't be released by the team, is scheduled to make $12.75 million in 2015, and the feeling is that he won't come cheaply in a trade. The Vikings are believed to be looking for at least a second-round pick and another piece in a potential trade.

Footballguys view: Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, may be trying to facilitate a trade by effectively telling all 31 other teams that the only way to acquire his client is through a trade.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson won't be released    Wed Mar 18, 11:29 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's agent was told Wednesday, March 18, by general manager Rick Spielman that the running back will not be released by the team.

Footballguys view: He won't be released...that doesn't mean he's staying in Minnesota. We could see the Vikings move Peterson if the price was right. We could also seeing him staying put. Stay tuned, this one is not over yet.

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